Nerves Of Steel



Monaghan Councillor Hugh McElvaney with Miriam O’Callaghan in 2013

[former Fine Gael] Cllr [Hugh} McElvaney last night denied any wrongdoing, claiming he knew it was a “sting” but went along with it, as he wanted to expose what he described as an RTÉ “dirty tricks campaign” against him.

“I had to make it as juicy as possible or there would be no show and I had to make it quite sexy so I answered all her questions to make her interested,” he told the Irish Independent.

“It takes nerves of steel to do this. I have certainly incriminated myself but I had to do this to expose RTÉ. That’s the type of man I am. Everyone knows I would never take a bribe.”

Mr McElvaney said he initially went along with it, as he wanted to gather information for his local anti-pylon organisation.

He said since he was contacted by RTÉ about the documentary he alerted his local garda station.

Seems legit.

I knew I was being set up…I lured her into my trap’ – Councillor at centre of planning bid controversy wanted to expose RTE ‘dirty tricks campaign’ against him (Philip Ryan,

Friday: ‘Whats In It For Me?’

Previously: Fear Of A Good Looking Woman



Everyone’s spooked.


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84 thoughts on “Nerves Of Steel

  1. Sue

    If he were smart enough to know this was a ‘sting’, then he would have been smart enough to record this somewhere, and would now be able exonerate himself. That’s the problem with his story.

    1. han solo's carbonite dream

      or go to the gardai straight away not wait till RTE contacted you.

      smells fishy but I’m sure he is a wonderful fellow and his story is probably true.

    2. MoyestWithExcitement

      *That’s* the problem? Don’t worry, I’m not sure anyone is going think for a second that he might be telling the truth.

  2. MoyestWithExcitement

    This is genuinely how toddlers react when they’re caught, offering ridiculously outlandish excuses. In fairness to him, he really did show nerves of steel in saying this to the Indo with a straight face.

    1. Punches Pilot

      Or Politicians.

      They’re ALL the same. Some are just better and not getting caught but anyone who wants to be a career politician should be taking out at dawn and ….. well figure it yourselves.

  3. Ultach

    I’m just in. Can someone tell me why we have a photo of Mario Rosenstock with some local politician?

    1. Rugbyfan

      Winner of the ‘Post of the day’ prize.

      In saying that I cannot watch that fella on the telebox last night….who finds him funny apart from Ian Dempsey?

  4. Owen

    This is hilarious! Just brazen lies. Not a single fupp given! I can’t even laugh at this. Its like something out of Father Ted…. except I’d laugh at that.

    “I know you are but what am I, + 100, no come backs!”

  5. Dong

    As the son of a Monaghan man I can tell you that there is something in the water up there. Cute hoors everywhere.

  6. meadowlark

    I’ll laugh because the alternative is punching something and I’m making the Christmas pud today and it just doesn’t need that kind of agro.

      1. meadowlark

        I know. I’m so ashamed. I made one about a month ago and it was horrifying. Something died in it. Just found the courage to try it again. We shall prevail.

    1. Caroline

      He knew you would suggest that, so he took the liberty of not paying any taxes for the past three years to PROVE that there is an orchestrated campaign against him.

    2. Owen

      Yeah, but he’d make it look like he is fiddling the books to expose revenue as out to get him. It would take nerves of steel to do it. and it might incriminate him but I he’d do it to expose revenue. That’s the type of man he is. Sure everyone know’s he is straight as an arrow. He’s all about the bigger good.

  7. Kolmo

    I can’t wait for this.

    All this low-level corruption is housing estates are built in floodplains (the clue is nearly always in the Irish name for the place..dssopes), this corruption is why people commute for 3 hours a day to work, it’s why there is never any planning in organising state services where they are needed, but the remarkably easily spooked voters keep voting for theses knuts. too bad.

  8. Rugbyfan

    To paraphrase big Jack in ‘As good as it gets…..

    ‘I think of a politician and take away reason and accountability’

    Politics in Ireland… will never change !

  9. J

    “I had to make it as juicy as possible or there would be no show and I had to make it quite sexy so I answered all her questions to make her interested”

    Monaghan councillor steals Morrissey’s bad sex award 2015.

  10. ProvingGround

    [REDACTED] calls Enda
    Enda calls Terry
    Terry calls Tom
    Tom calls Miriam

    Low-hanging fruit deflection from the quango-sized corruption we should be more concerned about.

  11. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    …I lured her into my trap…

    I’d bet you did.
    You’re some beaut, with all your sexiness an’ stuff.
    Have you ever considered modelling?

  12. Optimus Grime

    As a Monaghan man I can confirm that we are born with a deep distrust of authority and government- this will not help matters! Lynch mobs that include actual lynches and rioting in the streets, mainly to disguise the looting is sure to happen!

  13. Lilly

    Haha, this guy is unreal, he must think we all came down in the last shower. Jail please. Throw Bertie in with him. Different party, same dance.

  14. ollie

    McElvaney amended his original declaration of interests in Nov 2015.
    The amended version includes:
    12 acres of land he didn’t originally include
    Ownership of a Pub that he didn’t originally include
    He included 1 directorship in the original and amended statement of interests, according to CRO he holds 4 directorships.

    All of the above are I’m sure either genuine mistakes or were done on purpose to appear 1. more sexy? 2. Demonstrate his nerves of steel? 3. Expose sinister elements?. 4. Deliberate attempt to mislead the public?

    1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      If you miss this fool, another fool will be along shortly.
      You can vote for him instead.

      ‘Plus ca change, bebe, c’est plus la meme chose.’ – Beavis & Butthead.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      I would hope so. One arrest / charge could start to break the cycle of corruption, racketeering and embezzlement in this country.

  15. Buzz

    If ever there was a time for the Gardai to show we’re not paying them just to cruise around on BMX bikes…

    1. All the good ones fly south for winter

      Unless you were born in the early 20th century the term blueshirt is meaningless to use. You might as well rage against the vikings.

  16. Kdoc

    RTE appears to have done the country some service. However, the question is will anyone be brought to book? Recently RTE conducted an investigation into the prostitution rackets and it featured a character who was heavily involved in controlling a lot of the business. The thing is he also featured in the same role in a similar investigation they conducted a couple of years back. No doubt he will be still running the show when RTE investigate the racket in a few years time. We can have all the investigations we like, but unless there are serious consequences for these chancers nothing will ever change.

    1. Anne

      If these people can be found by RTE, why aren’t the Gardai going after them?

      I know it’d be a little more difficult than dressing up some female Gardai as hookers and catching a few horny men who happened to make inquiries..

  17. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    ‘Wow Butthead, check out this chick. She said she likes horny men.’

    ‘Shut up Beavis. She’s just like a guy wearing a dress or something. You’re such a wuss.’

  18. pooter

    Why is he wearing a medal and chain? Is he mayor of some village in Monaghan? Or he won an olympic medal for gombeenism?

  19. Truth in the News

    Will Martin expell Joe Queenan from Fianna Fail and will he resign from
    being a member of Sligo County Council, that is the question, as to the rest
    its time the electorate forced them out.

  20. Kieran NYC

    Probably be re-elected again as rural voters tend to support ‘one of their own’ to stick it to the meeja in Dublin no matter how much of a crook.

    See: Lowry.

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